SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A 14-year-old Massachusetts boy has pleaded not guilty to murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery charges in the killing of his high school math teacher. Philip Chism is accused in the October death of Colleen Ritzer, a popular teacher at Danvers High School. Ritzer's body was found in woods near the school with her throat slit and a note reading, "I hate you all."
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to one year in prison after pleading guilty to charges in a drunken driving crash in Maine that killed his passenger. Richard Griffin of Topsfield, Massachusetts, was driving in July of 2012 when his vehicle went off the road and hit a tree. His passenger, 22-year-old William Schneider was killed in the crash.
BOSTON (AP) - Senator Elizabeth Warren says she has no plans to run for president in 2016. Speaking to reporters in Boston yesterday, Warren vowed to serve out the remainder of her six-year term. She's currently in her first year. Warren has repeatedly denied she's interested in campaigning for the White House.
BOSTON (AP) - Supporters of seven proposed ballot questions have submitted certified signatures to the secretary of state's office. Proposed initiatives include repealing the state's casino gambling law, raising the minimum wage and expanding the bottle deposit law to include sports drinks and other beverages.
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts is expected to experience slow population growth in coming years. A new report by the UMass Donahue Institute forecasts a 4.4 percent increase in the population from 2010 to 2030. That would add about 290,000 people to the state, bringing total population to more than 6.8 million.
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